Erik Hersman is a widely respected technologist, blogger and commentator who specialises in the impact and application of technology throughout Africa. Raised in Sudan and Kenya and a graduate of Kenya's Rift Valley Academy, he runs two popular websites - WhiteAfrican and AfriGadget, a multi-author website dedicated to showcasing African ingenuity. AfriGadget was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 50 Sites of 2008".
Erik is also the Co-Founder of Ushahidi ("testimony" in Swahili), a groundbreaking crowdsourcing website created to map incidents of violence during the 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis. Ushahidi has since been used around the world in a wide range of initiatives from reporting violence in Madagascar  to election monitoring in Afghanistan. In December 2009, the Omidyar Network announced a significant investment of $1.4 million to support the continued growth of the platform.
Erik Hersman's work is widely recognized among the technology, development and humanitarian communities, and in 2008 he was named a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow. In the summer of 2009 he was awarded a TED Fellowship, and the following year named a Senior TED Fellow. Married to Rinnie with three young children, he moved back to Kenya from his Florida home in December 2009. He founded the iHub, Nairobi's Innovation Hub, in March 2010 - an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in Nairobi.
Erik Hersman is the co-founder of BRCK, a 'backup generator for the internet' and one of the first hardware startups in Africa, which raised $1.2 million in July 2014.